In October 1983, the United States of America invaded a Caribbean island nation. Grenada was at the time governed by the New Jewel Movement, led by Maurice Bishop. Bishop was assassinated on October 19, 1983 by troops loyal to his own Deputy Prime Minister, Bernard Coard. Bishop was no friend of the USA.
The USA determined after the fact of assassination that Coard was a
threat to US interests. On October 25, 1993, the US invaded Grenada. It
was called ‘Operation Urgent Fury. The New Jewel Movement was overthrown
and a puppet duly installed. Reason: threat to security.
The ‘threat’ came in the form of an airstrip which Ronald Reagan thought
would be used by Soviet war planes. Grenada is 133 square miles in
size. It had at the time a population less than 100,000 people. Some
10,000 pigs, someone said, I remember. Possibly less than 1,000 dogs.
Some cats. Maybe several thousand mosquitoes and a similar number of
flies. A threat to the United States of America, we were told.
‘Threat’ is an often used reference for invasion and it’s been used so
many times that it has got boring and funny. Not so for the invaded, let
me add. The United States is probably the most shit-scared nation on
earth, considering how frequently and how violently that country has
invaded by and large peaceful nations over the past 100 years.
Grenada was a threat. Oh dear!
Then we had the ‘threat’ of Iraq harbouring ‘Weapons of Mass
Destruction’ (WMD). More than half a million people have perished in the
unsuccessful efforts to discover a single such device.
Let’s put it all down to ‘cultural preference’. Maybe the US has a
cultural fascination with threats. They are wont, by cultural gene, to
see threats where there are none and to kill thousands and thousands of
people while swishing sword and spraying bullets on phantoms.
The latest ‘funny’ to hit the political headlines is the somber
pronouncement from Washington that Wikileaks is a ‘global threat’. I
don’t know when Hillary Clinton assumed the role of global spokesperson,
but I haven’t really heard the ‘globe’ expressing displeasure about
Wikileaks. She is upset that those exposed will be targeted by the
bogeyman or some such creature. Wikileaks ‘risks lives’, Washington
screams. Whose lives? Where? When? Wikileaks has been around for four
years and Clinton cannot name one person who has suffered a pinprick of
harm outside of embarrassment they ought to have been ready to suffer
when they did the down-and-dirty.
As Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange points out, Washington has been
two-tongued about the truth of abuses published by his outfit. The US
pooh-poohs Wikileaks, saying ‘there is nothing of importance’ even as
they scream ‘You’ll risk lives, compromise national security and
endanger troops’. Can’t be both. Assange therefore asks, ‘which is it?’
What’s really funny is the fact that the Obamas, Clintons and others who
appear to be wetting their pants thanks to Wikileaks, are themselves
even-as-we-speak endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of
people in various parts of the world and actually killing hundreds.
Here’s a choice quote from Assange which no one in the Evil Empire led
by the US and UK have refuted:
‘US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates admitted in a letter to the US
congress that no sensitive intelligence sources or methods had been
compromised by the Afghan war logs disclosure. The Pentagon stated there
was no evidence the WikiLeaks reports had led to anyone being harmed in
Afghanistan. NATO in Kabul told CNN it couldn’t find a single person
who needed protecting. The Australian Department of Defence said the
same. No Australian troops or sources have been hurt by anything we have
They have not refuted and probably cannot counter the following
startling facts revealed by US diplomatic cables: 1. The US asked its
diplomats to steal personal human material and information from UN
officials and human rights groups, including DNA, fingerprints, iris
scans, credit card numbers, internet passwords and ID photos, in
violation of international treaties. 2. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
asked the US to attack Iran. 3. Officials in Jordan and Bahrain want
Iran’s nuclear programme stopped by any means available. 4. Britain’s
Iraq inquiry was fixed to protect “US interests” (ref the ongoing
Chilcott Inquiry). 5. Sweden is a covert member of NATO and US
intelligence sharing is kept from parliament. 6. The US is playing
hardball to get other countries to take freed detainees from Guantanamo
Bay. 7. Barack Obama agreed to meet the Slovenian President only if
Slovenia took a prisoner. 8. Australia’s Pacific neighbour Kiribati was
offered millions of dollars to accept detainees.
A bunch of rogue nations that declare war on whim and disguise real
intent (securing access to resources and taking control of markets) as
response to (imagined, nay constructed) threat, will naturally earn the
wrath of those they wrong.
If the Clintons of this world were worried about lives being risked and
national security being compromised and need to identify source of
threat asap, all they need to do is rush to the loo.
I am sure most washrooms in the offices they inhabit come equipped with a
Curtsey The Nation. 12.12.2010
Malinda Seneviratne is a freelance writer who can be reached at